Sobering Thoughts 2

Luke 13:24 “Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.

Mat 7:13 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’ 24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 “And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. 26 “Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 “The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell– and great was its fall.”

Look upon things to come as the greatest realities; for things that are not believed work no more upon the affections than if they had no being, and this is the grand reason why the generality of men suffer their affections to go after the world, setting the creature in the place of God in their hearts.

Most men just the reality of things by the visibility and proximity to sense; and, therefore, the choice of that wretched Cardinal becomes their option who would not leave his part in Paris for his part in Paradise. Surely, whatever his interest might be in the former, he had little enough in the latter. Well may covetousness be called idolatry when it thus chooses the world for its god.

Oh, consider that eternity is no dream! Hell and the worm that never dies is no melancholy conceit! Heaven is no feigned Elysium! There is the greatest reality imaginable in these things. Though they are spiritual and are out of the view of sense, yet they are real and within the view of faith. “Look not, therefore, at the things which are seen; for the things that are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

Matthew Meade, The Almost Christian Discovered, (International Outreach).

This is a vital piece of advice. We cannot judge things by the way the world judges things and we cannot view things only in light of worldly benefit. That is simply another way of setting our hearts on the things below rather than on the things above. Even the modern professing Church is judging things according to worldly standards. What matters, as is plan to see, is the number of people walking in the door and the amount that those people give in the offering or online. The idea is not truly seeking the presence of God, but it is seeking the things of the world and then saying that is for the glory of God.

Col 3:1 Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.

The logic of the verse just above is that if you have been raised with Christ, then keep (didn’t say start) seeking the things above. However, if you have not been raised with Christ, you will not seek the things above. This is a powerful warning to those whose hearts are on the world and not on Christ. This is a powerful punch to the gut of the professing Churches who are not only in the world but of the world. We are to seek Christ first and foremost and not the things of the world under the guise of Christianity. It is, after all, only a guise if we seek the world.

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